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Group of 100 people commemorate start of First World War during service at church in Northampton town centre

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More than 100 people attended a candlelight service at All Saints Church in Northampton town centre to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Reverend David McConkey said the Northampton community had been “remarkably responsive” to the commemoration event on Monday night, which included a series of readings and a two-minute silence to remember those who died in the war.

Rev McConkey said: “More than 100 people came to the service and the neighbourhood was remarkably responsive.

“We had a number of reflections and meditations on war and on our own responsibility to make peace and remember those from Northampton who died.

“The last post was played at 11pm. It was certainly a fitting commemoration.”

Candlelight vigils were held at a number of churches across Northampton on Monday night as part of the nationwide LIGHTS OUT event.

The inspiration for LIGHTS OUT comes from a famous remark made on the eve of the outbreak of war by the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey who said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time.”

Britain declared war on Germany at 11pm on August 4, 1914, after the deadline passed to respect Belgium’s neutrality.

 

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